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Dear Class:


Today we were blessed by what Mark Mirza shared with us on the subject of sin and how we need to take it more seriously because God certainly does.  Mark explained that praising and thanking God are quite different.  We praise God for Who He is and we thank God for what He does.  If we begin our prayer time with praise, it properly prepares us for how we should approach our Heavenly Father with our thanks and our petitions.  There’s nothing wrong with asking God to bless us and those we care about (God’s grace), but it’s important that we learn how to also ask Him for His mercy.  God’s mercy happens when He doesn’t give us what we actually deserve – His judgment.  Mark referred to Psalm 51 as a good example of how to pray for God’s mercy.

We also discussed the subject of spiritual warfare within the context of accountability for our sin.  Mark shared the key to understanding the true meaning of James 4:7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  The key to success in resisting Satan is in our submitting to God.  As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to simultaneously submit to God’s will and commit sin.

Please pray that God will continue to bless Common Thread Ministries in its mission of “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer”.  If you were blessed today by what Mark shared with us, please thank him and pray for God’s blessing on him and his wife, Naida.  His email address is: mark@ctmprayer.org

Mark also presented this message a few months ago in Columbus GA. Here it is:



Please note that next Sunday, April 22, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 1 Cor. 13 in which the Apostle Paul reminds us about the nature of genuine Christlike love.


Special Note:

Please consider attending a special event organized by The Friends of Israel  to be held on Sat., May 19 at In Touch Ministries.  It’s the Prophecy Up Close Conference that The Friends of Israel are conducting across America in which three future events in God’s prophetic calendar will be discussed – the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennial Kingdom.  The conference starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm.  Registration is only $10 per person and includes lunch.  Go to www.foi.org/prophecy for details and registration.  InTouch Ministries is at 3836 Dekalb Technology Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30340.  Marie and I have already registered and hope to see you there.




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